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Southampton impressively advanced to the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win against Wolves at Molineux midweek and are now set to face Old Gold again on Sunday at St Mary’s, this time in the Premier League.
Mohammed Salisu made his long-awaited debut in Thursday’s victory and helped his team make a rare clean sheet, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side looking extremely vulnerable at the rear in recent matches.
While this could also be attributed to the return of Kyle Walker-Peters as a right-back, there is no doubt that Salisu was impressive against Nuno Espirito Santo’s team, despite being his first appearance since his arrival in the summer from Real Valladolid.
Should Salisu start over?
So it seems only fair that the 21-year-old keeps his spot for the Premier League match on Sunday as, apart from some risky moments where he tried to play from behind, he was rarely affected by the attack. of the Wolves.
Being left-handed, he also adds a balance to defense that we may not have seen before, with Jan Bednarek and Jack Stephens right-footed, and Jannik Vestergaard comfortable using both.
The Danish international is likely to regain his place in the starting eleven at St Mary’s on Sunday if his awesome start to season before your injury.
However, the former Borussia Mönchengladbach does not have the pace of Salisu, who superbly helped Ryan Bertrand in the second half by defending against the dangerous Adama Traore, who was completely disallowed Thursday night, completing 0/3 dribbles. and getting a 5.8 match rating of SofaScore.
The Saints could become vulnerable to the Wolves’ counterattacks with the pace of Traore and Pedro Neto if the Austrian manager restores Vestergaard to his starting lineup, and therefore should keep faith in Salisu after his solid debut performance.
Vestergaard labeled Salisu as “great talentEarlier this season and we certainly saw glimpses of that Thursday night, although the 28-year-old center-back may now consider his young teammate a serious competitor for a starting spot in the Premier League as he appears to have he finally got over the injuries and fitness issues that kept him out earlier in the season.
And, in other news … Hasenhuttl came away with a big decision to make a £ 70k-p / w beast before the Wolves game